35 days in West Coast Itinerary

35 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
de Young Museum and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Half Moon Bay (Half Moon Bay State Beach & Gray Whale Cove State Beach), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planner.

New Delhi, India to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to San Francisco, you'll gain 13.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Napa route planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Napa is little chillier at night with lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, stop by The Cheese Shop, see the interesting displays at Sunset Cultural Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Avenue, and finally browse the different shops at Carmel Plaza.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Napa to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Napa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. You'll set off for Monterey on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Asilomar State Beach and Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Kids will enjoy Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz) and National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas). There's more to do: stop by Del Monte Shopping Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip tool.

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carpinteria State Beach, stop by Ventura Harbor Village, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Venice Canals Walkway and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Bergamot Station, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by Amoeba Music, catch a movie at TCL Chinese Theatres, and admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route maker app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Point Loma. Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mormon Battalion Historic Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego holiday site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Kids will enjoy El Capitan and Four Mile Trail. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

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Explore your travel options from San Diego to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are cooler (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip